A WEDDING dressing firm has vowed to donate 10 per cent of every order to try boost the chances of a youngster speaking for the first time
Patricia Green, of Anslow-based Boutique Venue Dressing, decided to make the gesture after reading of Charlie Fletcher’s plight in the Mail.
The youngster, from Church Gresley, struggles with autism and his parents have launched a bid to raise £2,000 to pay for special training that could allow them to hear him speak for the first time.
Mrs Green said: “I was touched when I read the story about Charlie and knew that I had to help in some way.
“So I decided that from now any bookings we receive, we will donate 10 per cent to the bid to raise £2,000 to head to America and perhaps help him talk for the first time.
“It is a very worthy cause and we really just want to help out and hopefully this can help out.
“We are going to get in touch with Charlie’s mum to see how we can get the money to her but we hope to keep on raising cash until we reach the £2,000 target.”
The money will allow Beth Fletcher, Charlie’s mum, to head to Massachusetts to the Autism Treatment Centre of America.
She said: “The course I will be attending is the Son Rise Start Up program which is a five-day course.
“We will then have the opportunity to take Charlie over to the US for the intensive program where the Son Rise professionals will work with him one-on-one.
“We believe this is the right program for us and for Charlie.
“It has given us the hope that we so desperately needed.
“We truly believe that with the right tools we can reach Charlie and bring him out of his little bubble.
“We long to hear his voice.”
However, to take Charlie to America, Beth predicts that the trip will cost an additional £5,000.
This will mean that even when they reach the initial target of £2,000, fund-raising will continue in bid to pay for the next trip.
To donate, head online to www.gofundme.com/43vvyw or for more information visit www.charliesvoice.co.uk